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Unterwegs auf der Jura Bike Route.


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Watch Museum La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Creux du Van
  • The vineyards of the Lac Léman region

Day 1

Individual arrival to Saignelégier | Saignelégier – La Chaux-de-Fonds

The route leads over the lush green pastures of the Franches Montagnes to Mont Soleil with its numerous impressive wind-power plants and internationally-famous solar energy plant. Your destination is the watch city of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Details: approx. 45 km (Single-Trails: 5 km) ↑ 945 m ↓ 935 m

Die UNESCO-Welterbe Stadt La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Day 2

La Chaux-de-Fonds – Couvet

First a detour to the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, then after a steep climb the route takes you down to the Saut du Doubs, where the river plunges spectacularly into the depths. From the lonely Lac des Brenets, the route leads to Le Locle and ends in the Val de Travers, made famous by absinthe.

Details: approx. 50 km (Single-Trails: 3 km) ↑ 1'400 m ↓ 1'650 m

Les Brennets im Kanton Neuenburg.

Day 3

Couvet – Ste-Croix

After a long climb to Le Soliat, the detour to the Creux du Van, a unique, imposing rock arena, is worthwhile. The route continues over the "Balcon Vaudois" with a wonderful view of Lake Neuchâtel and the Vaud Alps.

Details: approx. 45 km (Single-Trails: 6 km) ↑ 1'240 m ↓ 885 m

Creux du Van im Kanton Jura

Day 4

Ste-Croix – Lac de Joux

Below the rocky Aiguilles de Baulmes, the route crosses a remote area with numerous bunkers from the Second World War. The last climb leads into the Vallée de Joux with its flora and two lakes; a gem!

Details: approx. 35 km (Single-Trail: 5 km) ↑ 1'000 m ↓ 1'115 m

Mit dem Mountainbike entlang der Jura Bike Route.

Day 5

Lac de Joux – Nyon | Departure

The stage runs through fir forests to the Col de Marchairuz. The view over the Lake Geneva region compensates for the exertions of the ascent. The rapid final descent leads along the Jura ridge to the vineyards of the Lake Geneva region. After arrival in Nyon, individual departure.

Details: approx. 60 km (Single-Trails: 4 km) ↑ 1'030 m ↓ 1'630 m

Aerial view of Nyon in summer.
Karte zur Jura-Bike Tour.

Tour characteristic

Even though the trails are not as rough as in the Alps, the Jura offers some more challenging passages. Occasional trails and technical passages make this tour interesting even for experienced bikers. Beginners need a bit of stamina and courage. The constant ups and downs of the Jura hills demand good physical condition. Scenically a top route with only a few short connecting sections on tarred roads. This tour is only recommended to a limited extent with E-MTBs, as you have to pass turnstiles on the way.

The Jura Bike at SwitzerlandMobility


  • 4 nights accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Cost of luggage pick-up at the train station
  • Admission to the watch museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • Well-prepared itinerary
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription
  • Service hotline

Good to know

  • If you arrive in Saignélegier without an overnight stay, you must return your luggage to the luggage counter by 10:00 a.m. at the latest.
  • If you are departing without an extra night in Nyon, your luggage will be returned to the luggage counter by 17:00 at the latest.
  • Additional nights in Saignélegier and Nyon bookable
  • Visitor's tax, if due, not included in the tour price
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee CHF 50.00 for 5 working days before arrival)
  • Organisation of the trip: local cooperation partner

Travel Documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance